Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and FIFA launch climate partnership

1 PIFS and FIFA ( signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding in April; In July, leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum declared a climate emergency in the Pacific; The association focuses on the fight against climate change and climate-resilient football infrastructure.

2 The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and FIFA have jointly launched a 12-month plan to implement the climate change partnership they signed in April and turn that commitment into concrete climate action.

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3 Key activities will include using FIFA Legends to raise awareness of climate change and adapting existing infrastructure in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to make it more climate resilient.

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4 FIFA President Gianni Infantino and PIF General Secretary Henry Puna signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding to tackle climate change at the FIFA Congress in Doha, Qatar in April.

5 The MoU focuses on using football diplomacy to educate and raise awareness about climate change and disaster resilience.

6 It also aims to improve climate-resilient infrastructure, focus on developing climate-resilient football and mobilize funds for building resilience in the region, including support for the Resilience Facility. of the Pacific.

seven According to Secretary General Puna, the implementation plan is a demonstration to the people and communities of the Pacific that FIFA and PIFS are serious about solving the climate emergency facing the region and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities.

8 “The Pacific region recognizes that 2022 is a pivotal year for urgent and strong climate action, where promises and commitments must be translated into action,” said SG Puna. “This is the key message that the Pacific will take to the international community ahead of COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in November.

9 COP 27 must comply with the implementation”.

ten “At their July meeting, Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers supported new ways to raise regional priorities on climate change with the international community, including through sports diplomacy, such as the recent memorandum of understanding on climate change.

11 with FIFA,” he added.

12 “This marks recognition and support across the region for the MoU as an innovative approach to climate advocacy, harnessing the global influence of football.” Gianni Infantino said: “Football is certainly not immune to climate change and is being affected at all levels, from grassroots and supporters to the elite, with the Oceania region facing a risk. particularly high climate impacts and disasters.

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14 “At FIFA, we also have a duty to society as a whole: helping to draw attention to and take action on climate change in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions is one of the best ways to use the power and popularity of football to have a positive impact.

15 Key activities include: creating a climate change literacy program for schools and training to support FIFA Legends awareness of climate change; Joint communication plan and promotion ahead of COP 27 and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand; Support climate protection and modernization of football infrastructure in the Pacific; Organize a regional workshop on the development of resilient football infrastructure; conduct an audit of regional soccer infrastructure; and Explore collaboration with the Pacific Resilience Facility as part of FIFA’s climate strategy.

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